Dog the Bounty Hunter seems to have gotten himself deeper into hot water after claiming it was once acceptable for him to use the N-word because he had a ‘pass.’
In an interview with ET’s Kevin Frazier that was released on Wednesday, the 68-year-old reality star said he had gotten approval to use the offensive term by the ‘Black tribe.’
He made the shocking statement after his daughter Bonnie Chapman claimed in a Facebook post from late August that he was a ‘racist’ and had used ‘homophobic epithets’ in the past.
Does not compute: Dog the Bounty Hunter, 68, claimed that he had a ‘pass’ at one time to freely use the N-word in an ET interview released Wednesday. He was fired 15 years earlier for using the word; seen in 2015 in NYC
Dog (real name: Duane Chapman) compared himself to Eminem in the interview after saying he thought he had earned the right to say the N-word freely.
He recounted hearing it while spending 18 months in prison in Texas, before being released in 1979.
He had been convicted of first-degree murder in 1976 after he waited in a getaway car while a friend shot and killed a man during a marijuana drug deal.
‘That was a word that we used back and forth as, maybe, a compliment,’ Chapman claimed.
The mullet-wearing reality star admitted that any right he may have had to use the word had ‘expired,’ but he also claimed that to ‘say a racist name doesn’t qualify to make you a racist.’
Frazier shot back: ‘If you use that word, and you use it in your regular everyday life, it makes you a racist.’
Specious logic: Dog (real name: Duane Chapman) compared himself to Eminem and said he had a right to use the word because black inmates used it around him when he was incarcerated in Texas in the late ’70s
Not holding back: ET’s Kevin Frazier shot back: ‘If you use that word, and you use it in your regular everyday life, it makes you a racist’
Chapman claimed that he supported the Black Lives Matter movement, but said he had an ‘Achilles heel’ because of his past documented use of the N-word.
‘I have never been a racist,’ he continued, claiming that he couldn’t be a bigot because he was ’33-and-a-half percent Apache.’
Frazier went on to recount how Dog had used the N-word six times in a phone call that was leaked in 2007 in which he berated his son Tucker for dating a black woman.
Chapman again bizarrely compared himself to Eminem when he said he had ‘more Black friends’ than the rapper, which Frazier called out as an example of the ‘proximity argument.’
He clarified that simply being around Black people or having African American friends doesn’t prevent one from doing racist things or being a racist.
Doesn’t hold water: Chapman again bizarrely compared himself to Eminem when he said he had ‘more Black friends’ than the rapper, which Frazier called out as an example of the ‘proximity argument’
Dog claimed his daughter Bonnie had ‘been fed what to say’ after she accused him of using homophobic language
Bonnie claimed to TMZ last month that racist statements her father made were the reason he was fired from his series Unleashed, which aired on UnleashedTV.
She still works with UTV on their own show The System, which focuses on dismantling systemic racism.
In a subsequent Instagram post, Bonnie accused her father of cheating on her late mother Beth Chapman ‘when she was sick in the hospital.’
The couple were married from 2006 until her death at age 51 in 2019.
She claimed that Dog ‘hates BLM and called BLM protestors who I proudly stand with each and every day “thugs,”‘ and reiterated her claims that he had used homophobic epithets.
Speaking out: Dog’s daughter Bonnie Chapman blasted him in August in a lengthy statement accusing him of cheating on his late wife Beth and using ‘racial and homophobic epithets’ towards cast members on her show The System
No concern for others? Bonnie also claimed that her soon-to-be stepmother Francie Frane (L) had admitted to her in December that she had continued to fly on planes and go to public events while allegedly knowing that she was positive for Covid-19
Bonnie also claimed that her soon-to-be stepmother Francie Frane had admitted to her in December that she had continued to fly on planes and go to public events while allegedly knowing that she was positive for Covid-19.
Among her grievances against her father was also his alleged support for the QAnon conspiracy theory, which states that Democrats and liberals in the US are pedophiles who worship Satan.
Its delusional followers also believe that former President Donald Trump was the only one who could expose and stop them.
Bonnie previously revealed that she and her half-sister Cecily were not invited to his wedding to Francie.
During the interview, Chapman disputed that he was a homophobe by claiming that he had three gay men working on his staff and mentioning that his daughter Lyssa was a lesbian, though Frazier again pointed out that someone can still be a homophobe despite being around people in the LGBTQ community.
On defense: During the interview, Chapman disputed that he was a homophobe by claiming that he had three gay men working on his staff and mentioning that his daughter Lyssa (R) was a lesbian
Pointing fingers: However, Unleashed TV CEO and President Mike Donovan disputed his characterization in a statement to ET and blamed him for his ‘own actions’
Dog claimed that the controversy over his alleged offensive statements arose after a falling out with Bonnie over a potential TV series.
However, Unleashed TV CEO and President Mike Donovan disputed his characterization in a statement to ET.
‘Mr. Chapman’s own actions lead [sic] to the cancellation of his new show…’ he said.
Bonnie said in her own statement that her father’s claims that she was ‘being brainwashed’ were bogus.
‘As far as the idea that I’m being brainwashed, this is the dumbest thing that my father has ever said,’ she said.
Not having it: Bonnie said in her own statement that her father’s claims that she was ‘being brainwashed’ were bogus
In 2007, Chapman’s series Dog The Bounty Hunter was suspended by its network A&E after audio leaked of a phone call with his son Tucker.
During the call, he admitted to using the N-word and ordered his son to break up with the woman out of fear that she would expose his racist behavior.
‘It’s not because she’s Black, it’s because we use the word n***er sometimes here. I’m not gonna take a chance ever in life of losing everything I’ve worked for 30 years because some f***ing n***er heard us say n***er and turned us in to the Enquirer magazine,’ he said on the call.
He also said it would be just as bad for him if any of his other children dated Black people, as his racism would likely become public.
‘If Lyssa [Chapman’s daughter] was dating a n***er, we would all say, ‘F*** you!’ And you know that. If Lyssa brought a Black guy home… it’s not that they’re Black, it’s none of that. It’s that we use the word n***er.’
Damage control: In 2007, Chapman’s series Dog The Bounty Hunter was suspended by A&E after a leaked call featured him telling his son Tucker to break up with a Black woman because she might expose the fact that he used the N-word freely; seen in 2015 in NYC
During the call, he also seemed to claim that his family didn’t use the N-word out of racial malice, despite what the tone of the call suggested, but rather out of some kind of habit.
‘We don’t mean “you f***ing scum n***er without a soul.” We don’t mean that s***. But America would think we mean that. And we’re not taking a chance on losing everything we got over a racial slur because our son goes with a girl like that.’
He concluded by agreeing to help Tucker find another job if he wasn’t willing to end the relationship.
‘So, I’ll help you get another job but you can not work here unless you break up with her and she’s out of your life,’ he said.
Although the series was suspended after the call became public in 2007, it was later reinstated the following year.
Vile: ‘We don’t mean “you f***ing scum n***er without a soul.” We don’t mean that s***,’ he said at the time. ‘But America would think we mean that. And we’re not taking a chance on losing everything we got over a racial slur because our son goes with a girl like that’